The introduction of new academic programs at the University of Manitoba encompasses a robust, consultative review process that can be divided into two fundamental stages; the first stage involves the submission and review of a preliminary Statement of Intent (SOI), followed then by the more formal second stage which involves submission and approval of an Application for a New Program of Study (APS).
Prior to final approval, proposals for all new undergraduate and graduate degree and major programs are required to submit to an external review and approval process by Manitoba Education and Training (MET), Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Development (PSEWD). If PSEWD approval is granted, final approval for program implementation rests with the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). For more details and instruction on the new program approval process, please select the appropriate link below.
Note that during the development stage, all new program proposals should be discussed with either the Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning & Academic Programs) for undergraduate programming or the Dean and/or Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies for graduate level programming.
Changes to academic programs require Senate approval. At the undergraduate level, changes to courses and/or curriculum structure are referred directly to the Senate Committee on Course and Curriculum Changes (SCCCC), while changes in the academic regulations and/or assessment of those programs are referred directly to the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation (SCIE). Changes to graduate program offerings are referred to the parallel governance structures in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Major amendments, nominally defined as a change to an existing program involving a net increase of nine (9) credit hours, require additional review by the Senate Planning and Priorities Committee (SPPC).
Further to the above, significant modifications to an existing program also require approval by the Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Development. PSEWD defines a significant modification as the alteration of an approved characteristic of a program of study. For a list of approved characteristics, please refer to the Advanced Education Administration Act: Programs of Study Regulation. Processes involving internal approval of a significant modification will vary depending on the approved characteristic being modified.
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Note that any significant changes to existing programs should be initially discussed with either the Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning & Academic Programs) for undergraduate programming or the Dean and/or Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies for graduate level programming.